Unexpected Friendships and the Journey Home


Summit Semester Kelsey HowellAs the Semester draws to an end, I find myself reflecting on my time in this glorious place. When I first came to Semester, I had no idea what was in store for me. Something I thought about a lot was that if I did not like these people, I would be stuck with them for three months and it would be the worst three months of my life. When I arrived at Snow Wolf Lodge, I had no idea what I was in store for. One of my first memories of our time here was our very first family meeting. We all sat in a large circle and introduced ourselves; there seemed to be a lot more people that night. For the first couple days we were all in that awkward stage, trying to get to know each other while suppressing our crazy, quirky selves. By the second week we were all clicking and strong friendships were already being formed. Well, a lot has happened since then. We have been through awesome trips and tough classes, and have come to be a little family. I am happy to say that I am best friends with people I never expected to even form strong friendships with.

It’s no wonder we’ve gotten so close. We went through a kind of forced bonding through Dr. Bauman’s classes. The grilling and debating was fun to go through but even more fun to watch. There’s a kind of tight bond that can only be made through mutual humiliation. After classes, all the tables are filled with conversations from free will and predestination to made up Canadian superheroes. We all have a way of having deep theological conversations and then switching to dumping cups of water on each other. I have never met people who are so intelligent and deep thinkers but at the same time so fun and entertaining. However, when finals came, everyone got a little more serious, for about a day. But really, we were all prepared to put our learning to the test, literally. Thankfully, we just finished finals. I’m pretty sure people would be able to tell from miles away by all the songs of joy. Unfortunately, that means there’s only one week left!

We have been together through these amazing three months and I have made some of the best friends here. One thing I never expected is how unique everyone would be. We all bring our separate crazy selves together to form one crazy, tightknit group. The people here have impacted my life in ways they will never know. My life is forever changed and I am forever grateful for these amazing people. They have listened when I needed someone to talk to, laughed with me, cried with me, and just been crazy with me. I cannot imagine being away from these wonderful people, not being around them every minute of the day; however, I can go home in peace knowing that the friendships I have formed here are for life. We may be miles apart, even in different countries, but we will never be alone.

Kelsey Howell is joining Summit Semester from Kentucky. Currently enrolled at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Kelsey is pursuing studies in the field of Atmospheric Science. In addition to science, Kelsey also enjoys traveling and plans for the next year include missions work with YWAM. While at Summit Semester, Kelsey is looking forward to the break from the constant interruptions of technology, developing deep relationships, and soaking up as much of the class time as she can. Volleyball is always a great option for Kelsey’s free time.